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Authorities: West Explosion Investigation May Be Done May 10

An investigation should be finished within the next two weeks into what caused a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 14 people, state authorities said Wednesday.


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Tough Decisions Facing West Homeowners

In West, professional restoration companies and contractors are now being allowed into the hardest hit neighborhood closest to the fertilizer plant.

CBS 11–04/29/2013

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Hundreds Seek Help After West Plant Explosion

Red Cross officials say nearly 300 families have visited a relief center since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Texas town.


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Water Did Not Trigger West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Authorities absolved the firefighters of any blame after some speculation that water used in fighting the original fire at the West Fertilizer plant may have triggered the explosion.


West, Texas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service (49)

West Resident Plans To Attend A Dozen Funerals

In West, police will begin escorting homeowners into the previously restricted area beginning Saturday morning at 7:00.

CBS 11–04/26/2013

Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded  on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Meager Funds Coming In For West Explosion Victims

Donations for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have reportedly reached more than $26 million, but so far the money raised to help victims in West, Texas is less than $500,000.


Caskets of the West explosion victims. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost In West, Texas

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns that were on the scene trying to control the fire that preceded the blast.


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Trade Group Estimates West Insured Losses At $100 Million

Insurance experts are estimating that damage caused by the fertilizer plant explosion in West could have losses topping $100 million.


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Recovery Leaves Displaced West Residents Frustrated

On Wednesday, April 24 it will be one week since the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West. That date also means it will have been seven days since some residents were allowed anywhere near their homes.

CBS 11–04/23/2013

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West Damage Assessment & Search For Cause Continue

As some say goodbye to loved ones in West, others try to figure out what’s next in the recovery…especially when it comes to their homes.


The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

State Investigators Visited West Plant Before Explosion

State investigators visited the West Fertilizer plant twice in the weeks leading up to a deadly explosion. Records show the plant manager wanted them there most recentl, to investigate a product that didn’t look right.

CBS 11–04/22/2013

Vehicles pass a sign in West, Texas, on April 20, 2013, three days after the April 17 fertilizer 
plant blast which killed and injured residents. (credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents Find Many Homes In West Beyond Repair

A town hall meeting was held in West over the weekend and another is scheduled for Tuesday evening, at 6 p.m. The meetings are meant to keep residents informed about the ongoing repair and rebuilding process